4/23/2011 9:47am, #11
Well, a lot of doctors are. If you read about firearms in medical textbooks they tend to just have a blurb saying how you're more statistically likely to get shot in various circumstances if you have guns in the house than if you don't. Which in my opinion is kind of a dumb thing to say, because any probability of being shot goes up when guns are present versus when they are not present and the probability is therefore zero.Best Vietnam War music video I've ever seen put together by a vet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDY8raKsdfg
4/23/2011 10:29am, #12
4/23/2011 11:04am, #13
The list goes on and on. I advocate the anyone who wants to have a kid apply for a license, and only granted after thorough genetic, psychological, and means testing as well as a year of training, theory and hands on, with a thorough test at end of said year. Until then everyone should be forced to use contraception. I guess you give the shots to women, don't have one for men yet.
I look to Australia to lead the way on this.
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4/23/2011 3:33pm, #14
4/23/2011 6:34pm, #15
4/23/2011 11:26pm, #16
- A swimming pool is not a weapon by design.
- A swimming pool is not portable.
- A gun is not an environment.
- A gun is not a widely recognized source of exercise.
- A child can be taught to swim long before he or she is capable of understanding the consequences of lethal weaponry.
- A swimming pool is a commonplace sight.
- Swimming pools aren't widely portrayed in media as a source of power, respect, or conflict resolution.
A gun is a lethal weapon; that is its purpose. My earlier mention of various construction tools (though it's fair to categorize a FuBar™ as a demolition tool) was intended to provide you and BKR with similarly portable and potentially dangerous objects as a basis of comparison. To compare just any household object to a gun is to gloss over what a gun actually is.
4/24/2011 11:00pm, #17
No analogy is going to be perfect. Other household objects may be similar to firearms in size or shape, but they have practical uses. Sure I have power tools, but I use them for home maintenance. I HAVE to have cleaning agents of some sort in my home. Etc.
But there's really no reason to have a pool, other than entertainment (I suppose there may be isolated cases where a disabled person may require one to exercise, but these are special cases, much like a cop is required to have a gun). Child-proofing your pool can be as simple as putting a short fence around it to keep out small children but doctors don't even bother asking this question.
4/24/2011 11:14pm, #18
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Because derailing threads is what all the cool kids are doing;
There are actually a lot of laws about pools and gates and fences and how close they can be to your back door and such to prevent accidental deaths in Houston.
4/24/2011 11:36pm, #19
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4/25/2011 9:02am, #20
I'd like to see a list of the questions that the AAP asks parents regarding child safety.
If asking about firearms is part of a list of questions about general household hazards/safety for kids of the age in question, I don't have a problem. If firearms are singled out or focused upon, something else is going on.
BenFalling for Judo since 1980